Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Nov 2013

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Community Profile

This project is part of IcFEM's WaSH program, which includes multiple water source schemes as well as substantial community level hygiene promotion, and training on project operation and maintenance. 

What follows is a brief project outline direct from our partner: 

Sichangi spring is located in Namakhele village, Bungoma County. The area is mainly populated with small scale farmers most of whom grow maize and keep livestock. 

Just like many areas of Bungoma County, water remains a major headache in the rural areas like Namakhele. The villagers have to walk long distances in search of the precious commodity from natural and permanent sources that are usually susceptible to water-borne diseases.

The community has made an attempt to protect the spring in the past without much success mainly due to lack of resources. The work done on the spring was poor resulting in water flowing from the sides of the protected area. The project will therefore involve doing a complete overhaul of the spring. 

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Protected Spring

In many communities, natural springs exist as water flows from cracks in rocky ground or the side of a hill.  Springs provide reliable water but that doesn’t mean safe. When left open they become contaminated by surface contamination, animal and human waste and rain runoff. The solution is to protect the source. First, you excavate around the exact source area of the spring. Then, you build a protective reservoir for water flow, which pours through a reinforced pipe in a concrete headwall to a paved collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!